Mon, 08/06/2018 - 2:08pm
The 2019 Cantrell Lecture Speaker will be Professor Geordie Williamson of the University of Sydney.  Professor Williamson is one of the world's foremost experts in geometric representation theory.   His counterexamples to the Lusztig conjecture have led to new and exciting research in the area of modular representation theory, in which he is one of the leaders.  Another of his major accomplishments involves joint work with Ben Elias which…
Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:09pm
Speaker: Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford) Monday, April 9, 2018 3:30pm-4:30pm Miller Learning Center, Room 101 Title of talk: Primes fall for the gambler's fallacy.   Abstract:   The gambler’s fallacy is the erroneous belief that if (for example) a coin comes up heads often, then in the next toss it is more likely to be tails.  In recent work with Robert Lemke Oliver, we found that funnily the primes exhibit a kind of gambler’s fallacy: for…
Fri, 12/09/2016 - 2:54pm
Speaker: Peter Ozsváth, Princeton University   Monday, February 20, 2017 3:30pm, Miller Learning Center, Room 101 Title of talk: An introduction to Heegaard Floer homology "Knot theory" is the study of closed, embedded curves in three-dimensional space.  Classically, knots can be studied via a various computable polynomial invariants, such as the Alexander polynomial. In this first talk, I will recall the basics of knot theory and the Alexander…
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:19pm
  Professor Persi Diaconis, Harvard University Dr. Diaconis's first lecture, for a general audience, is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, under its Humanities Science Interface Initiative. In this talk, Dr. Diaconis will discuss how coincidences can astound us, affecting where we live and what we do. In addition to reviewing relevant work of Freud and Jung, he will show how, sometimes, a bit of quantitative thinking can show that…
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:16pm
Professor Kenneth A. Ribet, University of California at Berkeley Wednesday, November 8, 1995, 4:30 p.m.  Physics Building, Room 202 "Fermat's Last Theorem" In the seventeenth century, Pierre de Fermat, a judge in Toulouse, wrote in the margin of a book that he had found a "marvelous proof" of a deceptively simple mathematical assertion. While there are many solutions in positive integers to the equation a2 + b2 = c2, Fermat claimed that there…
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:12pm
Professor Jerrold Marsden, California Institue of Technology Wednesday, October 23, 1996, 4:00 p.m.  Forest Resources, Room 100"Introduction to Mechanics and Dynamics" Dr. Marsden's first lecture, accessible to a general audience, will introduce the role of geometry and symmetry in the mechanics and dynamics of familiar systems. A falling cat is able to right itself through the geometric generation of rotations, while other systems, such as the…
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:04pm
Professor John W. Milnor  SUNY, Stony Brook Wednesday, October 8, 1997, 4:00 p.m.
 Physics Building, Room 202 "Pasting Together Julia Sets" This lecture will describe how one can paste together two rather skinny fractal sets, with no interior, to obtain a full 2-dimensional sphere. If f is a polynomial map from the complex numbers to themselves. then the "filled Julia set" K60 is the set of complex numbers z such that the sequence z, f(z), f ((…
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:01pm
Professor Gilles I. Pisier, University of Paris VI and Texas A & M University Wednesday, December 2, 1998, 4:30 p.m.
 Physics Building, Room 202
 "The Halmos problem" Thursday, December 3, 1998, 4:00 p.m.
 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center, Room 328 "Similarity problems and lengths of operator algebras" Friday, December 4, 1998, 4:30 p.m. 
Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center, Room 328  "Operator spaces and applications"  
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:57pm
Sir Michael Atiyah  University of Edinburgh Wednesday, April 5, 2000, 4:00 p.m.
 Physics Building, Room 202 "Physics, Geometry and Space" In the past 25 years there have been remarkable and quite unexpected developments in geometry originating in quantum theory. Professor Atiyah will outline the fascinating story which still continues, and involves the latest ideas in fundamental physics. This lecture is aimed at a general audience interested in…
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 4:43pm
Professor Karen K. Uhlenbeck Sid W. Richardson Regents Professor of MathematicsUniversity of Texas, Austin Physics, Room 202 Professor Karen Uhlenbeck made pioneering contributions to global geometry and gauge theory that resulted in advances in mathematical physics and the theory of partial differential equations. She has received numerous awards and honors for her mathematical work, including election to the National Academy of Sciences and…